‘I can see outside better now,’ says Madeline McCarthy
Madeline McCarthy can see much better out of the window in her room at Burnbrae Gardens, now that she has helped trim bushes in the Campbellford long-term care home’s yard that were obstructing her view.
The 103-year-old resident at the Campbellford long-term care home approached staff members recently and told them about the offending branches and offered to help maintenance manager Harrison Montgomery prune them.
So, that’s what the two did last Thursday morning. Madeline told staff they’d need a wheelbarrow and hedge clippers to do the job, so everything was organized for them. The pair went outside, and Madeline held the branches while Harrison cut them with hedge clippers.
“She was really excited to be able to go outside and help Harrison,” administrator and life enrichment co-ordinator April Faux tells The OMNIway.
“Madeline is always in her room, reading her books and looking out the window, so it’s important for her to be able to see outside.”
Madeline, an avid gardener all her life, was more than happy to help. And she enjoys being active and doing things for herself – she once fixed the roof of her house when she was in her 80s.
“She is a determined lady,” April says.
Madeline says she was glad to help trim the hedges and is once again enjoying the view.
“I can see outside better now – and (the trimmed branches) look good,” she says.
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